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The Soviet general called the pilots of the fighter aircraft of the GDR the best allies in the era of the cold war

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The Soviet general called the pilots of the fighter aircraft of the GDR the best allies in the era of the cold war

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During the existence of the Warsaw Pact, the Soviet Union generously shared its weapons with other countries that were members of the organization. Among these was the German Democratic Republic, which formally withdrew from the treaty in the fall of 1990.

The Soviet Union established in the GDR the supply of truly advanced for that era weapons, including MiG-29 fighters. Not all fighter units of the USSR Air Force began to receive these aircraft, but they began to be sent to friends in the socialist camp - moreover, together with instructors to train German flight personnel.

At the same time, Soviet pilots gave high marks to the skill of their colleagues from the GDR. This skill was also noted by representatives of the highest military aviation command of the Soviet Union. Among them is General Nikolai Moskvitilev, a distinguished military pilot who was most directly involved in the development of the East German air force and air defense. He believed that East German fighter pilots were the best allies in the Cold War era.

The Soviet general, who at one time helped the GDR develop the combined forces of the Air Force and Air Defense, noted German pedantry in organizing military service. He also noted the equipment of the infrastructure, the provision of housing and the level of funding for German pilots: "They, admittedly, were an order of magnitude higher than ours."

Vladimir Potapov's story on the Sky Artist channel tells about the preparation aviation GDR, the memoirs of Colonel General Nikolai Moskvitilev are given about the state of affairs in the Air Force and Air Defense of the German Democratic Republic, about German fighter pilots:

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military aviation museum (Germany)
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  1. Egoza
    Egoza 10 February 2022 08: 03
    +5
    He believed that East German fighter pilots were the best allies in the Cold War era.

    Eh! And where are these pilots now?
    He also noted the equipment of the infrastructure, the provision of housing and the level of funding for German pilots: "They, admittedly, were an order of magnitude higher than ours."

    And how are things now with the provision of pilots? conclusions made?
    1. vladcub
      vladcub 10 February 2022 08: 22
      +2
      "with the provision of pilots" with what to compare and with what periods
    2. knn54
      knn54 10 February 2022 09: 04
      +7
      The same (the best allies) can be said about the Stasi.
  2. vladcub
    vladcub 10 February 2022 08: 15
    +7
    "were an order of magnitude higher than ours," and that says a lot.
    In the USSR, they did not spare money for aviation, but DDR surpassed us
  3. vl903
    vl903 10 February 2022 08: 30
    +3
    in principle, the Germans are an order of magnitude closer to us than the Anglo-Saxons. but they were brainwashed, just as they are now brainwashing former citizens of the USSR on the outskirts. in the end, we will get the same heavy enemy as Nazi Germany .... if only money for resources dripped to someone ....
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  5. CommanderDIVA
    CommanderDIVA 10 February 2022 08: 51
    +4
    I read somewhere that after the liquidation of the GDR, the former pilots of the army of this country actively participated in armed conflicts in Africa and the Middle East as mercenaries
    1. ccsr
      ccsr 10 February 2022 13: 30
      -1
      Quote: CommanderDIVA
      former pilots of the army of this country actively participated in armed conflicts in Africa and the Middle East as mercenaries

      I think that this rumor is unfounded, if only because it was the NNA Air Force that was purged less than other branches of the military and the pilots were the least. Many went to serve in the Bundeswehr and served there for a long time, although of course their prospects were worse than those of the Westerners.
  6. yuriy55
    yuriy55 10 February 2022 09: 03
    +3
    How many had to meet with the Germans and with those who served in the GSVG, everyone emphasized German pedantry and perseverance ...
    I have no doubt that the Soviet instructors are great, but there is an assumption that there were also former Luftwaffe pilots ...
    As we used to say: you can’t drink away skill and you won’t lose at cards ... yes
    ==========
    No one had any questions why in Russia, covered with snow (for the most part) for half a year with a negative average annual temperature, there are such failures in the preparation of athletes in winter sports? Does the snow lie so densely there in Moscow, or has Siberia become a stepmother?
    1. tech3030
      tech3030 12 February 2022 10: 05
      +2
      Once upon a time I tried to play bandy. We were given uniforms for free and everything else. Trainings are free, the stadium is always open, well, except at night, of course. I don’t want to go, whoever gave him more attention and, accordingly, sports prospects.
  7. Ruby
    Ruby 10 February 2022 09: 09
    +12
    I remember when I myself served, many officers from our unit said that the Germans were the most current in the police department. And it was they, along with the Cubans, who were considered the most devoted allies of the USSR. The fate of the military of the GDR is very sad. Few managed to pursue a career in the army. It is interesting that even then they were not very flattering about the "brothers".
  8. Lunic
    Lunic 10 February 2022 09: 20
    +8
    He served in the GSVVG in Leipzig, and the German comrades were good specialists. Calm, pedantic to the point of impossibility. Already nauseous sometimes, well, they have no courage. Everything is strictly according to the rules. But, in gashtets, they walked well too.
  9. svp67
    svp67 10 February 2022 09: 25
    +6
    Yes, the NNA of the GDR was generally well prepared
  10. Slavake
    Slavake 10 February 2022 10: 43
    +3
    The hunchback destroyed everything and dumped him to live where he is an honorary citizen.
  11. Jose
    Jose 10 February 2022 11: 51
    +6
    That's right, the GDR Germans were the most disciplined and responsible of all the "democrats". And their Stasi, led by Markus Wolf, was largely outdone by the KGB.
    And humpbacked, Yeltsin, Yakovlev, Shevardnadze and other traitors - eternal damnation.
  12. wandlitz
    wandlitz 10 February 2022 12: 33
    +5
    He believed that East German fighter pilots were the best allies in the Cold War era.
    Not only the pilots, but the entire NNA of the GDR was our best ally of all the ATS Armed Forces.
  13. ccsr
    ccsr 10 February 2022 13: 22
    0
    Everything is accurately described in the story of the honored pilot. You can tell a lot more about what amazed us in the NPA, but this should be a whole topic separately. By the way, military engineers for the German Air Force were trained at the Kiev VVIAU in addition to our academies.
    1. RoTTor
      RoTTor 10 February 2022 16: 07
      -1
      NO!
      Engineers for the Air Force of the ATS countries were NEVER trained in Kiev, they studied in Zhukovka in Moscow.
      In KVIAVU, the Air Force at the 5th "foreign" faculty taught only officers from Arab countries - Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Algeria, taught Afghans a lot from royal to DRA, including an Afghan cosmonaut and his understudy, from black Africa were.
      Of the real allies of the USSR in Kiev - Cubans and Vietnamese.
      One small set for some reason was Hungarians.
      1. ccsr
        ccsr 10 February 2022 17: 56
        0
        Quote: RoTTor
        Engineers for the Air Force of the ATS countries in Kiev were NEVER trained,

        I repeatedly encountered German cadets from the aviation school in Kiev in the seventies - you obviously didn’t study there at that time, otherwise you would have known which cafe on Pobedy Avenue they liked to gather.
  14. Butchcassidy
    Butchcassidy 10 February 2022 16: 58
    +2
    It's a pity we surrendered our Germans. Thank you Gorbachev
  15. NSV
    NSV 10 February 2022 21: 23
    +2
    Marked .... freak !!! The Germans even earlier, remember ... WWII, there were not bad pilots !!! As if now, the GDR was needed .... am
  16. Igoresha
    Igoresha 10 February 2022 23: 02
    0
    https://youtu.be/X44D-LVyEmk?t=4900
    the helicopter pilot compares the training of Soviet and GDR pilots, strongly not in favor of ours :)
  17. Altmann
    Altmann 13 February 2022 20: 20
    0
    Pines, my friends. I had to buy and pay for planes from the USSR. Nobody gave us anything for free. This is just for accuracy. But we were very happy to do so. It must be clear between friends that amo is received and paid for fairly. am
  18. Detnix
    Detnix 14 February 2022 09: 23
    -5
    There is not even a doubt, the Teutons have always been the most serious enemies from the west, you cannot refuse them in skill.